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Gerhard Richter Painting

Documentary Film
Germany
2011
98 minutes
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Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Thomas Kufus (Zero One Film) Koproduktion: Sabine Rollberg (WDR/arte) (fed), Jutta Krug (WDR), Katja Wildermuth (MDR), Terz Film
J.S. Bach, Dietmar Bonnen, John Cage, György Kurtag
Johann Feindt, Frank Kranstedt, Dieter Stürmer
From the first sequence this film takes us right into Gerhard Richter’s well-protected Cologne studio. The filmmaker Corinna Belz observed the media-shy artist at work over the summer of 2009, in the bright rooms where he paints, regards, evaluates, thinks, waits, discards, re-works, sometimes destroys and begins again.
In extremely condensed scenes Richter shares a very personal and highly charged creative process with us, from the first layer of paint via countless re-workings and repaintings to the last, decisive stage when the painting must stand on its own and stand up to the artist’s critical eye. We are drawn into the process by Richter’s dry comments which reveal not just hard-won wisdom about life and art but also a laconic sense of humour, a deep humanity and the ability to question himself as much as the events before and behind the camera.
He still has his fundamental scepticism of all ideologies and religious systems. “I want to know what’s going on,” was a reason for painting he once gave. Richter’s aim is to find ever new perspectives, examine the image of the world which in the end shines through in every single painting. “Painting is another form of thinking”, Richter said early in his career. This film takes his premise seriously.

Production note

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Special Screening MDR
Propaganda, Hass, Mord - Die Geschichte des rechten Terrors in Europa Rainer Fromm, Rolf-Axel Kriszun

A documentary about the organisations, structures and strategies of European right-wing terrorism over the past 40 years.

Propaganda, Hass, Mord - Die Geschichte des rechten Terrors in Europa

Documentary Film
Germany
2012
60 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Frank Seidel Redaktion: Ulrich Brochhagen (MDR), in Zusammenarbeit mit arte
Rainer Fromm, Rolf-Axel Kriszun
Nikolai Tamás, Jean-Marie Gilles
Christoph Karsch
Rainer Fromm, Rolf-Axel Kriszun
This documentary reconstructs the history of right-wing terrorism in Europe, which started over 40 years ago.
Italian neo-fascists were the first to execute murderous attacks in order to prevent a political shift to the left and enforce the return to an authoritarian regime in the young Republic. Old and new Nazis in the Federal Republic of Germany studied the methods of left-wing terrorism to profit from them. The RAF’s spectacular acts of violence drew all public attention to themselves, a circumstance exploited by right-wing terrorists to target the young democracy almost unnoticed. In France and Belgium, too, neo-Nazis organised themselves and formed combat organisations against parliamentary democracy. Their paramilitary groups were in close contact with their counterparts in the Federal Republic and Italy.
When a number of neo-Nazi organisations were banned in Germany in the mid-1990s, the extreme right responded with a new strategy. They disbanded fixed structures and formed loose comradeships which would allow them to act spontaneously and avoid prosecution. Since the main focus of the security authorities’ attention currently is on Islamist terrorism, there is a great danger that right-wing terrorists will be able to massively upgrade their arsenals and refine their conspiratorial underground structures.

Production note

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.